Apart from the sighting of the
Soma, Baljeet and I also spotted varied and interesting (always!)creatures and plants…
There was, for example, this beautiful little amphibian, posing on a rock:
I was a little worried that the number of birds we had spotted was on the lower side, but Soma, an indomitable spirit who does not let her rheumatoid arthritis get in the way of her birding, was very happy that she saw the
for the first time:
For a while, we watched this crowd of
both male and female, preening, and pecking around on the ground in front of the lantana bushes:
Let me show you, for once, not the bird as photographers finally manage to capture it, but as it is normally seen. The
belongs to the pheasant/crow family, and it skulks in the most irritating way, amongst the foliage. So, all one usually sees is a flash of red-and-black disappearing into the trees, and then this kind of sight:
It's a large bird, and yet manages to keep out of sight!
We watched many
taking along nesting material to construct their homes:
A couple of butterflies added to my image pool, too; this
posed for me...
Soma was quite thrilled with the
too, and said it was a lifer:
One amazing thing was this un id
....it swung on a fine silken thread, and slowly descending, swaying the morning breeze, to the ground, where it went to earth under a pile of fallen leaves. Does anyone know what cat it is?
I pointed out the "potato plants" from the family
Solanacae or Eggplant family
to them, and snapped the brinjal-like flowers
And the red berries....
Here's the bird-list, a not-bad tally (after all!) of 41:
Flycatcher, Asian Brown
Flycatcher, Asian Paradise
Flycatcher, Tickell's Blue
Kingfisher, Small Blue
Swift, Asian Palm
I’m closing with this lovely flower of a creeper that’s probably some kind of gourd:
A very short but enjoyable trip to my favourite haunt!